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Ever wonder how long it takes a plastic water bottle to decompose once it’s been buried in a landfill? How about a cigarette butt? Or a plastic bag?

So before you toss something into the trash, ask yourself if it can it be composted, repaired, reused, refilled or recycled.

#compost #reuse #recycle #coastalcleanup #Zerowaste #beachcleanup #ocean #keepourcoastclear #plasticfree #noplastic #inspiration #landfill #recycling.

Ever wonder how long it takes a plastic water bottle to decompose once it’s been buried in a landfill? How about a cigarette butt? Or a plastic bag? So before you toss something into the trash, ask yourself if it can it be composted, repaired, reused, refilled or recycled. #compost #reuse #recycle #coastalcleanup #Zerowaste #beachcleanup #ocean #keepourcoastclear #plasticfree #noplastic #inspiration #landfill #recycling ...

What's your floss made out of?

Silk floss is a compostable alternative to regular plastic dental floss. In my opinion, it's thicker than most commercial plastic floss brands, and therefore works better at cleaning your teeth.

The problem is, if you zero waste AND vegan, silk floss isn't going to cut it. Silk comes from silkworms and is therefore not vegan-friendly. But there are few vegan, zero waste floss alternatives available, but not all are as environmentally-friendly as they claim.

I found a company called TEVRA that claims to have a vegan, biodegradable floss, but there were many red flags. Firstly, it's manufactured overseas in China under unknown working conditions, not necessarily a zero waste concern, but certainly a humanitarian concern.

What's your floss made out of? Silk floss is a compostable alternative to regular plastic dental floss. In my opinion, it's thicker than most commercial plastic floss brands, and therefore works better at cleaning your teeth. The problem is, if you zero waste AND vegan, silk floss isn't going to cut it. Silk comes from silkworms and is therefore not vegan-friendly. But there are few vegan, zero waste floss alternatives available, but not all are as environmentally-friendly as they claim. I found a company called TEVRA that claims to have a vegan, biodegradable floss, but there were many red flags. Firstly, it's manufactured overseas in China under unknown working conditions, not necessarily a zero waste concern, but certainly a humanitarian concern. "Cruelty-free" should extend to the humans who make the product, as well. Nothing on their UK-based website mentions their workers, their conditions, or benefits. Secondly, it was really hard to figure out what the floss was made from. That should be the first piece of information given to the consumer. They were very open about their plastic-free packaging, but only described their floss as "biodegradable." It turns out that their floss is made from a cornstarch based polyester that was not backyard compostable and banned in most commercial compost facilities because it gets tangled in their equipment. And again, everything is biodegradable eventually. The question is: does it take a month or does it take several centuries to biodegrade? Then I found another vegan floss company called Boonboo which says their floss is made from bamboo, charcoal, and Candelilla wax. The company describes the floss as being "fully compostable." From their site: "After usage, you can throw it into your compost pile where it will naturally biodegrade so you don't have to worry about creating unnecessary waste and impurity like plastic that takes hundreds of years to decompose." This floss is also made in China, so the same issues should be considered. Boonboo's website also does not describe their worker's conditions, which is always a red flag to me. . (Continued in comments). . #zerowaste #silkfloss #zerowastevegan #noplastic ...

In the best case scenario, plastic is recycled. But plastic will never go away. Over time, plastic will break down into smaller and smaller pieces until they're virtually ubiquitous in our environment. And plastic can't be recycled forever, it eventually becomes unusable.

Scratch that, the best case scenario is it never having existed in the first place.

We can easily get excited about the idea of plastic-eating caterpillars, or mushrooms, but it's just not realistic on a global scale. We must stop plastic at its source while cleaning up the mess we've already made. Contributing any more plastic to our environment at this stage is lethal.

We know the saying: if your bath tub is overflowing, you don't reach for the mop. You turn off the tap.

It's time we turn off the tap on plastic.

#banplastic #zerowaste #zerowastecalifornia
#plasticpollution #plasticbeach #beach #ocean #beachday #beachcleanup #coastalcleanup #oceanpollution #microplastic #plasticfree #planetearth #plasticfreebeach #saveoursea.

In the best case scenario, plastic is recycled. But plastic will never go away. Over time, plastic will break down into smaller and smaller pieces until they're virtually ubiquitous in our environment. And plastic can't be recycled forever, it eventually becomes unusable. Scratch that, the best case scenario is it never having existed in the first place. We can easily get excited about the idea of plastic-eating caterpillars, or mushrooms, but it's just not realistic on a global scale. We must stop plastic at its source while cleaning up the mess we've already made. Contributing any more plastic to our environment at this stage is lethal. We know the saying: if your bath tub is overflowing, you don't reach for the mop. You turn off the tap. It's time we turn off the tap on plastic. #banplastic #zerowaste #zerowastecalifornia #plasticpollution #plasticbeach #beach #ocean #beachday #beachcleanup #coastalcleanup #oceanpollution #microplastic #plasticfree #planetearth #plasticfreebeach #saveoursea ...

Every little bit helps!

Source: lunarbaboon.com

#coastalcleanup #beach #beachcleanup #ocean #beachday #plasticfree #noplastic #inspiration.

Every little bit helps! Source: lunarbaboon.com #coastalcleanup #beach #beachcleanup #ocean #beachday #plasticfree #noplastic #inspiration ...

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiatives have increased as food banks across the country have been struggling to support the needs of their communities. This week, the Kroger Co announced that they have surpassed their three-year goal to donate over one billion meals by 2020.

Just as exciting, in an effort to reduce food waste, Kroger Mid-Atlantic just announced that 98.3% of its stores donate fresh fruits, veggies and proteins to food banks food pantries. This has resulted in saving 3.6 million pounds of food waste in 2019 alone, as stores are able to give away fresh, surplus food before it spoils.

Last year, Kroger also donated 3,295,485 pounds of food to food bank partners.

Of course, no supermarket is perfect, but we still give them a lot of credit for trying. There's always room for improvement, but sometimes it's important to celebrate the victories instead of dwelling on the negatives. If a large corporation is already starting to implement zero waste practices, asking them to go a bit further, like by reducing their plastic packaging, seems more attainable. Our foot is basically already in the door.

Never forget the power you have as a consumer. Vote with your dollar and support businesses that align with your beliefs.

If a company is doing something you like, tell them! And if there’s room for improvement, you can graciously offer your suggestions. You’d be surprised what a few e-mails and reviews from a bunch of people can do.

#zerowaste #kroger #zerowastestore #endhunger #foodbank #foodpantry #donate #foodwaste #zerowastegrocery #zerowastenews #environmentnews #food #goodnews #votewithyourdollar #squeakywheel.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiatives have increased as food banks across the country have been struggling to support the needs of their communities. This week, the Kroger Co announced that they have surpassed their three-year goal to donate over one billion meals by 2020. Just as exciting, in an effort to reduce food waste, Kroger Mid-Atlantic just announced that 98.3% of its stores donate fresh fruits, veggies and proteins to food banks food pantries. This has resulted in saving 3.6 million pounds of food waste in 2019 alone, as stores are able to give away fresh, surplus food before it spoils. Last year, Kroger also donated 3,295,485 pounds of food to food bank partners. Of course, no supermarket is perfect, but we still give them a lot of credit for trying. There's always room for improvement, but sometimes it's important to celebrate the victories instead of dwelling on the negatives. If a large corporation is already starting to implement zero waste practices, asking them to go a bit further, like by reducing their plastic packaging, seems more attainable. Our foot is basically already in the door. Never forget the power you have as a consumer. Vote with your dollar and support businesses that align with your beliefs. If a company is doing something you like, tell them! And if there’s room for improvement, you can graciously offer your suggestions. You’d be surprised what a few e-mails and reviews from a bunch of people can do. #zerowaste #kroger #zerowastestore #endhunger #foodbank #foodpantry #donate #foodwaste #zerowastegrocery #zerowastenews #environmentnews #food #goodnews #votewithyourdollar #squeakywheel ...

According to the EPA's

According to the EPA's "Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling," the U.S. generated 267.8 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2017, or 4.51 pounds per person per day. Approximately 67 million tons of waste were recycled with paper products amounting to approximately 66% of that total. Metals made up about 12% of the total recyclables, while glass, plastic and wood made up between 4 and 5%. That's alarming! 24.4 million tons of yard waste and only 2.6 million tons of food waste were composted. This is largely because so few cities offer municipal composting and some cities charge boatloads to recycle. Sadly, more than 34 million tons of MSW were incinerated and more than 139 million tons of MSW (52.1%) went to landfill. We can reduce these numbers significantly by composting at home, carrying reusables whenever possible, and by purchasing items in sustainable packaging. Little things add up over time. What are you throwing out most frequently? And are there any ways you can come up with to try to reduce or eliminate that item? Source: EPA #Zerowaste #compost #recycle #plasticfeee #reuse #enviromentmeme #msw #reusereducerecycle #zerowastememes #plasticfreememe #lesswaste #morelife #noplastic #foodwaste #foodwasterevolution #trashtalk #recycling ...

Bioaccumulation is the accumulation of substances, such as pesticides, microplastics, metals, or other chemicals, in an organism, like fish.

Biomagnification - the concentration of toxins in an organism as a result of its ingesting other plants or animals in which the toxins are more widely disbursed.

In other words, when an animal ingests toxic chemicals, they work their way up the food chain. So if a small fish eats BPA microplastic and then gets eaten by a bigger fish, the bigger fish accumulates those chemicals. If we eat the bigger fish, we ingest those chemicals.

That's why we must do our best to protect our coastlines and oceans from pollution. There are no excuses for using the ocean as our dumpsite!

Like & Comment if you agree!

#saveoursea #plasticfreeocean #fish #beach #ocean #oceanpollution #microplastic #zerowastememe #plasticfreememe #plasticfree #beachvibes #beachday #zerowaste #beachcleanup #beachlife #coastalcleanup.

Bioaccumulation is the accumulation of substances, such as pesticides, microplastics, metals, or other chemicals, in an organism, like fish. Biomagnification - the concentration of toxins in an organism as a result of its ingesting other plants or animals in which the toxins are more widely disbursed. In other words, when an animal ingests toxic chemicals, they work their way up the food chain. So if a small fish eats BPA microplastic and then gets eaten by a bigger fish, the bigger fish accumulates those chemicals. If we eat the bigger fish, we ingest those chemicals. That's why we must do our best to protect our coastlines and oceans from pollution. There are no excuses for using the ocean as our dumpsite! Like & Comment if you agree! #saveoursea #plasticfreeocean #fish #beach #ocean #oceanpollution #microplastic #zerowastememe #plasticfreememe #plasticfree #beachvibes #beachday #zerowaste #beachcleanup #beachlife #coastalcleanup ...

Romaine calm, it's going to be okay!

#covid #plasticfree #singleusemask #quarantinememe #quarantine.

Romaine calm, it's going to be okay! #covid #plasticfree #singleusemask #quarantinememe #quarantine ...

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